SSC CGL Exam Pattern – Detailed Exam Pattern Explained

(Last Updated On: April 2, 2020)

In this post we are going to explain in details about the SSC CGL Exam Pattern. Many of you may be aware that SSC CGL or Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination is being conducted every year. SSC CGL Examination is being conducted for recruitment of various posts in various Central Government Departments.

SSC CGL is considered the most popular of all competitive exams in India. It is considered even more popular than the exams such as IBPS Clerk, IBPS PO, SBI PO and many other popular Examinations.

ssc cgl exam pattern
ssc cgl exam pattern

The reasons for huge popularity of the SSC CGL exam are many. SSC CGL exam is for various kind of vacancies hence it cover a wide range of central government jobs. Simplicity of the exam pattern is also an important reason. The exam pattern of SSC CGL and also of other SSC exams remains quite simple and easy to understand. Hence this exam is very popular among common students of small cities and villages also. Due to this reason, even common students from all over India like to apply for these jobs.

So if you are an aspirant for the SSC exams you must go through this article on SSC CGL Exam Pattern.

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I have appeared in various competitive exams and also have qualified many. In my view the first and foremost thing for good preparation is to understand the exam pattern and syllabus of any exam. If you are clear on it, you will be able to prepare well and to crack the exam as well. Obviously good preparation is always important. Before starting your preparation you must be clear about the exam pattern, syllabus, good books, level of competition etc.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Explained

As far as SSC CGL Exam Pattern is concerned, the exam is being conducted in four tiers. So broadly we can describe SSC CGL Exam Pattern as under:

Tier -I — Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type), this will be a Computer Based Examination.

Tier -II — Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type), this will be a Computer Based Examination.

Tier -III — Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.), this will be in pen and paper mode.

Tier -IV — Computer Proficiency Test/ Data Entry Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification.

Tier I Examination of SSC CGL

Let us first analyze the tier I of SSC CGL Examination. Tier I is basically a screening test to separate well prepare candidates from lesser prepared students. Since lacs of students appear in SSC CGL examination every year hence the purpose of the tier I examination is to filter the candidates who are not well prepared so that the main exam can be conducted only among serious and well prepared students. However it does not mean that those who are unable to qualify the tier I are not sincere and well prepared students. Many good students also fail to qualify tier I exam due to rising level of competition. The structure of tier I exam will be as under:

General Intelligence + Reasoning – 50 marks (25 questions)

General Awareness – 50 marks (25 questions) Download Free E Book on General Knowledge

Quantitative Aptitude – 50 marks (25 questions)

English Comprehension – 50 marks (25 questions)

Total Marks – 200

Duration: 01 hour

For candidates who are allowed use of scribe will have time duration of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Tier II Examination of SSC CGL

Let us now analyze the tier II of SSC CGL Examination. Tier II is for candidates who have crossed the first hurdle. Hence obviously all the students here are well prepared and the level of competition is more. Therefore if you have qualified the first hurdle you need to work very hard and you can qualify tier II with a planned preparation. The structure of tier I exam will be as under:

Paper I: Quantitative Abilities: 200 marks (100 Questions)

Duration: 2 hours

(For candidates who are allowed use of scribe will have time duration of 2 hours 40 minutes)

Paper II: English Language & Comprehension: 200 marks (200 Questions)

Duration: 2 hours

(For candidates who are allowed use of scribe will have time duration of 2 hours 40 minutes)

Total Marks: 400

Paper III: Statistics: 200 marks (100 Questions)

Duration: 2 hours

(For candidates who are allowed use of scribe will have time duration of 2 hours 40 minutes)

Paper IV: General Studies (Finance and Accounts): 200 marks (100 Questions)

Duration: 2 hours

(For candidates who are allowed use of scribe will have time duration of 2 hours 40 minutes)

Important Points:

  • Tier-I and Tier-II will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions only. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English Comprehension in Tier-I and Paper-II in Tier-II.
  • In Tier-I, there will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer.
  • In Tier-II, there will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.
  • In Tier-II, Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts.
  • Paper-III of Tier-II will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Statistical Investigator Grade-II in the office of Registrar General, India (M/o Home Affairs) and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for these Posts.
  • In Tier-II, Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

Tier III Examination of SSC CGL

Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.), this will be in pen and paper mode.

This paper will be of 100 marks and duration will be 60 minutes. For candidates who are allowed use of scribe will have time duration of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Important Points:

  • The Paper in Tier-III will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and part in English will be awarded zero marks.
  • In Tier-III, candidates must write their correct Roll Number at the prescribed places on the cover page of the Answer Book. Candidates must also affix signature and Left-hand Thumb Impression in the relevant columns in the Answer Book. Answer Books not bearing Roll Number, Signature and Left-hand Thumb Impression shall be awarded zero marks.
  • Candidates are strictly advised not to write any personal identity e.g. name, roll number, mobile number, address, etc inside the Answer Book (Tier III). The candidates who fail to adhere to these instructions will be awarded zero marks even if marks are awarded during the evaluation process.

Tier IV Examination of SSC CGL

In the Tier-IV, Computer Proficiency Test and Data Entry Skill Test will be conducted.

Thus we have tried to explain about the SSC CGL Exam Pattern in a simple and easy to understand language. After reading this article you will be well aware about the exam pattern of SSC CGL. However if you still have any query or have any questions on this examination you can post your queries and we will respond to that.

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Reasoning

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